New York DEC Invites Hunter Input on Fall 2012 Waterfowl Seasons

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Hunters are invited to submit recommendations for the dates of the Fall 2012 duck hunting seasons to regional Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. DEC will evaluate the task force recommendations in setting waterfowl seasons, which must comply with federal rules.

New York is divided into five waterfowl hunting zones: Western, Southeastern, Northeastern, Lake Champlain and Long Island. DEC recently appointed task forces for each zone (except Lake Champlain, see link below) to solicit recommendations for the Fall 2012 hunting seasons, including opening and closing dates, split seasons and a special hunting weekend for youths. Each task force includes representatives from the New York State Conservation Council, established waterfowl hunting organizations and individual waterfowl hunters who were chosen to provide input from diverse points of view.

The recommended dates must be within federal guidelines established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). For Fall 2012, DEC expects the USFWS to allow a 60-day duck season, split into no more than two segments per zone, opening no earlier than Sep. 22, 2012, and closing no later than Jan. 27, 2013.

Waterfowl hunters can participate by providing duck season suggestions to any task force member on, or before March 30, 2012. Names and contact information for all task force members are listed in alphabetical order in the attached table and on the DEC website.

Comments can be provided by mail, telephone or e-mail. The task forces will meet in late March and April, and DEC plans to announce tentative duck hunting season dates in June.

Input on hunting seasons for other migratory game birds, including Canada geese, snow geese, brant and woodcock, may be submitted also to any member of DEC's season-setting team. However, due to greater uncertainty about federal regulations for those species, decisions and tentative dates will probably not be known until later in the summer.

Waterfowl seasons in the Lake Champlain Zone will continue to be set by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Management Board, with input from DEC and waterfowl hunters in New York and Vermont. Although there is no formal task force for this zone, hunters can send their suggestions to any DEC season-setting team member on the attached list.

Descriptions of New York State's waterfowl hunting zones can be found on the DEC website and are listed in DEC's Waterfowl Hunting Seasons and Regulations brochure. The tentative waterfowl hunting season dates will be posted on the DEC website and announced in June.

2012/13 Waterfowl Season Task Forces (in alphabetical order, contact anyone on the list)

2012/13 Western Zone Task Force
NameAddressTelephone & Email
JIM ADRIANCE
(Southeastern Area)
1930 Cole Place
Vestal, NY 13850
607-768-1528 (H)
607-779-5298 (W)
adriance@unovis-solutions.com
KEN ALFES
(NYSCC - R8)
10604 Townline Road
Darien Center, NY 14040
585-547-3579
kalfes1038@yahoo.com
JIM ECKLER
(NYS DEC)
1385 Morgan Road
Savannah, NY 13146
315-365-2134
jteckler@gw.dec.state.ny.us
RON FALKOWSKI
(Central NY Wildfowlers)
767 Nichols Point Road
Bridgeport, NY 13030
315-633-9567
ronfalkowski@netscape.net
GEORGE GIBBS
(NYSCC - R7)
159 Center St, PO Box 264
Cleveland, NY 13042
315-675-6072
biggeo555@twcny.rr.com
RANDY HOLDEN
(South Central Area)
219 Breesport Road
Horseheads, NY 14845
607-739-6735 (H)
607-742-9886 (C)
rholdenIII@gmail.com
BILL HOWELL
(Niagara Frontier Area)
5859 Stinson Road
Arcade, NY 14009
585-496-5162
blhowell1@gmail.com
BILL KALWAS
(Finger Lakes & Western NY Waterfowl Assoc)
39 Caledonia Ave
Scottsville, NY 14546
585-749-4948
wkalwas@yahoo.com
DARIN J. KATTA
(Southwestern Area)
15 Seel Street
Dunkirk, NY 14048
716-785-0713
dk007w@hotmail.com
CHUCK OLIN
(Canandaigua Lake Duck Hunters)
690 Old Dutch Road
Victor, NY 14564
585-742-3871
585-455-5722 (C)
chuck@kbgraphics.com
NICK WANSHA
(Lake Plains Waterfowl Assoc)
90 Kearney Drive
Rochester, NY 14617
585-482-4594
nwansha@gmail.com
KEN ZOLNOWSKI
(NYSCC - R9)
30 Danbury Drive
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
716-836-2239
krz@pce.net
2012/13 Southeastern Zone Task Force
NameAddressTelephone & Email
BILL ALEXANDER
(NYSCC - R3)
170 Clinton Corners Road
Salt Point, NY 12578
845-266-5747
RAYMOND GAWLAS
(NYSCC - R4)
23 Concord Street
Scotia, NY 12302
518-372-2357
ray@gawlas.com
JOHN O'CONNOR
(NYS DEC)
1115 Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
518-897-1296
jroconno@gw.dec.state.ny.us
VINCE OLECHNOWICZ
(Catskill Area)
258 Braymer Lane
Delhi, NY 13753
607-746-6180
gwpoley@delhi.net
JON PANINSKI
(Central NY Wildfowlers)
120 Campbell Road
Mattydale, NY 13211
315-427-0926
jonpaninski@gmail.com
NATHAN PIERUZZI
(Hudson River Waterfowlers)
58 Salvino Drive
Athens, NY 12015
518-469-3822
npieruzzi@hotmail.com
MIKE PODGORSKI
(NYSCC - R7)
2287 Ferndell Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035
315-655-8067
goosedr@windstream.net
DAN SPIGNER
(Waterfowl Improvement Assoc)
9 Academy Street
Greenwich, NY 12834
518-692-0017
spigs13@yahoo.com
GARY WILL
(Chenango Valley Area)
225 River Road
Hamilton, NY 13346
315-691-3168
gwill@twcny.rr.com
2012/13 Northeastern Zone Task Force
NameAddressTelephone & Email
STEVE ANDRUCKIEWICZ
(Saratoga-Lake George)
157 Cramer Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
518-587-9942
PETE BARNEY
(Northern NY Area)
64 Old State Road
Potsdam, NY 13676
pmb10@cornell.edu
KEVIN BODMER
(Central Adirondacks)
236 Keese Mills Road
Paul Smiths, NY 12970
518-327-3022
kebodmer@roadrunner.com
DOUG CARR
(Central NY Wildfowlers)
109 Roosevelt Ave
Canastota, NY 13032
315-952-3160
dpcarr0306@yahoo.com
GEORGE GEDNEY
(Waterfowl Improvement Assoc)
15 Stonehurst Drive
Queensbury, NY 12804
518-361-9918
gedney@roadrunner.net
TOM HUMBERSTONE
(North Central Area)
2081 Coon Hill Road
Skaneateles, NY 13152
315-685-6819
ANDREW MACDUFF
(NYS DEC)
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601
315-785-2534
ajmacduf@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NICK MCNAMARA
(Northern WMAs)
1125 County Route 14
Rensselaer Falls, NY 13680
315-344-6580
mcnamara624@yahoo.com
BILL SAIFF III
(Ontario - St Lawrence)
PO Box 111
Brownville, NY 13615
315-771-3514
saiff@gisco.net
KURT SNYDER
(Oneida Lake Assoc)
6429 Long Point Road
Brewerton, NY 13029
315-668-9156
lakerat2@twcny.rr.com
JAMES TRACY
(Upper Mohawk)
5525 Marsh Road
Lee Center, NY 13363
315-337-6829
2012/13 Long Island Zone Task Force
NameAddressTelephone & Email
JOHN ADAMS
(South Shore Waterfowlers Assoc)
30 Diane Drive
Manorville, NY 11949
631-618-5728
michjon@msn.com
KELLY HAMILTON
(NYS DEC)
50 Circle Road- SUNY
Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-444-0255
kahamilt@gw.dec.state.ny.us
JAMES IANNACONE
(Peconic River Sportmans club)
275 Islip Boulevard
Islip Terrace, NY 11752
631-581-2977
blkdukdwn@optonline.net
RON KEE
(Smith Point Fish & Hunt Club)
11 Skyhaven Drive
Patchogue, NY 11772
917-753-4054
dipmaster10@aol.com
STEVE LAURINO
(Manhasset Bay Sportsman Club)
9 Corchaug Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
516-729-9189
stevelaurino@gmail.com
RICH OTTERSTEDT
(Suffolk Co Alliance of Sportsman)
18 Ashford Drive
Lake Grove, NY 11755
631-789-2480
rrcn98@aol.com
RON SINEO
(NYSCC - R1)
10 Rutherford Street
St. James, NY 11780
631-862-8518
duckboater@gmail.com
ERIK TALLBE
(Nassau Co Fish & Game Assoc)
10 Skylark Road, Ste. 101
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
631-427-0200
estallbe@aol.com
DEC Waterfowl Season Setting Team
NameRegionAddress
KELLY HAMILTON
kahamilt@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NYS DEC Region 150 Circle Road- SUNY
Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-444-0255
ATRICIA VISSERING
plvisser@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NYS DEC Region 321 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
845-256-3088
KARL PARKER
keparker@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NYS DEC Region 41130 North Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY 12306
518-357-2154
JOHN O'CONNOR
jroconno@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NYS DEC Region 51115 Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
518-897-1296
ANDY MACDUFF
ajmacduf@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NYS DEC Region 6317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601
315-785-2534
TOM BELL
tjbell@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NYS DEC Region 71285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-3095
JIM ECKLER
jteckler@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NYS DEC Region 81385 Morgan Road
Savannah, NY 13146
315-365-2134
CONNIE ADAMS
cmadams@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NYS DEC Region 9270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
315-365-2134
BRYAN SWIFT
blswift@gw.dec.state.ny.us
NYS DEC Central Office625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
518-402-8922